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Jabulani ("rejoice") is a Zulu word, often used as a first name (e.g. Jabulani Dubazana of Ladysmith Black Mambazo) , and also the name of a suburb of Soweto, South Africa.

Jabulani on stage

Besides a song by P.J. Powers, and album by Hugh Masekela , there appears to have been two stage works simply called Jabulani, plus a sequel called Jabulani 1956

Jabulani (1951) by Gerald Ehrlich

An all-African variety show, it was produced by Gerald Ehrlich at the Temple Shalom in Orange Grove, Johannesburg on 29 and 31 January 1951. The leading artists were the stars of the film The Magic Garden, directed by Donald Swanson), and included Dolly Rathebe, Matome “Tommy” Ramokgopa and Willard Cele, with Dan Twala as the compere. The proceeds went to the M.C. Weiler School for African Children in Alexandra, which still exists.

Jabulani 1956 a sequal by Gerald Ehrlich

An all-African variety show, it was a sequel to the 1951 show, also produced by Gerald Ehrlich

Jabulani by Daphne de Klerk

An operetta with a mixed cast.



Le Roux, André I. & Fourie, Lilla – Filmverlede: geskiedenis van die Suid-Afrikaanse speelfilm


Courier-Journal, Louisville, 12 August 1990

Courier-Journal, Louisville, 27 April 1995

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